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Little Cottonwood Canyon

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All photos by Ashley Jensen

We got back from Utah a week or two ago and I am still reeling over the magic of it all. We went out for an event my husband was part of and stayed an extra couple days to hike and see the sights, and it turned out to be one of my favorite trips we've taken.

It just so happens the lovely Ashley Jensen moved out to Salt Lake City just a few weeks before and she already had me so excited, just from seeing her incredible photos. So of course I couldn't resist when she invited me to go with her on a little sunset drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Not only was watching the sunset from the top of the mountain incredible in and of itself, but the drive back down was equally as magic getting to see the lights of Salt Lake City appear like little stars between the peaks. As the sun set we snapped a few photos of each other, and I really love having these pictures as a reminder of the entire trip.

So here's a big life tip for you - always say yes to a sunset drive up the mountains. I promise you, it's absolutely worth it.

72 Hours in Nashville

Nashville TN Guide

This past year I've traveled more than I have in my entire life. It's been mostly just little trips here and there, but I am loving it. For those of you who don't know, my husband travels for work. Some years he's traveled a lot, and other years not so much, but this year he's been gone almost non-stop, and I've been lucky enough to get to visit him on some of his trips!

We've been wanting to visit Nashville together for a while now, and had even planned to go for my birthday, but had to change plans when he had to go away for work again. So when he found out he would be spending time in Nashville for work, we figured it was the perfect oppotunity for me to pop down at the tail end of his trip and spend a little time seeing him and the city!

Imogene + Willie

I flew down on the 4th of July and we got a chance to see the downtown completely blocked off from cars, and the streets filled with people, food trucks, and live music. It was definitely a great first experience in the city! The second day, after he was done work, we drove a little south of the city and spent the afternoon in the town of Franklin, which is adorable - definitely worth checking out if you have the time. My husband had to work most of the last day, but I took advantage of a beautiful morning and met a friend at Barista Parlor, and then Uber'd down to the Twelve South neighborhood and did some shopping and eating on my own. I actually enjoy a little alone time in new cities to just wander shops and neighborhoods and really get a feel for everything, and Twelve South was really great for wandering!

Being from the north-east with our big, mostly walk-able cities, one thing to note if you go to Nashville is that it's not really a "walking city". Yes you can walk the downtown neighborhood, but if you plan to do any of the other neighborhoods, you'll definitely need to drive or grab an Uber to get there.

Five Daughters Bakery Nashville
Barista Parlor Nashville
Bradley's Curbside Creamery Nashville

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FIVE DAUGHTER'S BAKERY - Officially my favorite Nashville stop. I've been following them on IG for a long time, just waiting for the day to come that I could try their 100 layer doughnuts, and they did not disappoint. They have a location in the 12 South neighborhood, as well as one in an adorable old factory in Franklin, TN!

BARISTA PARLOR - One of those super-hyped coffee spots that I wondered whether it was just a good Instagram spot, or whether they were really worth it. I'm glad to say they are totally worth the stop. They have a couple locations around the city and I spent the morning catching up with a friend at the Golden Sound one. Not only is it beautiful, but the coffee and food are fantastic.

FROTHY MONKEY - A great spot to stop and grab a salad and more coffee after a couple hours wandering Twelve South!

BRADLEY'S CURBSIDE CREAMERY - We were lucky enough to try out this awesome little ice cream truck while they were parked downtown for the 4th. I don't think they have any definite locations, but if you can hunt them down while you're in the city they are definitely worth it!

THE STILLERY - A great place if you're looking for a spot to eat downtown and aren't feeling the honky-tonk bars. We happened to wander in here when looking for somewhere to eat on the 4th and ended up absolutely loving it! Definitely get the baked cheese if you go!

Imogene + Willie Nashville

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IMOGENE + WILLIE - This is one of those places I've been dying to check out for years. Yes, they are way out of my price range to actually buy anything, but it's one of those places that's so unique and cute that it's worth stopping in just to see (major bonus - they had a puppy sleeping on the floor when I visited!). They also have the Amelia's Flower Truck that parks right out front if you fancy treating yourself to a cute little bouquet!

WHITE'S MERCANTILE - White's is another shop that has locations in both Twelve South and Franklin, and both are worth wandering through. They have a well curated collection of men's, women's, kid's, and home-wares, and both stores are incredibly well merchandised.

CRAFT SOUTH - If you like sewing, knitting, or anything else crafty, make sure to pop in here. It's not a huge store but they are so cute and have a great selection. I even took a yard of fabric home, 'cause I just couldn't resist!

White's Merchantile Nashville

Of course, with only a few short days in the city I didn't get to hit all of the spots I would have loved, like Pinewood Social, Crema, Bookman/Bookwoman, and Proper Bagel! Are there any other places I need to add to my list for the next time? I'm completely smitten and can't wait to go back!

An Afternoon in Philly

Fine and Feathered - Philadelphia Guide

Philly, you will always have a special little place in my heart, even if we were to move a million miles away, I'd still love you and think of you often. Especially the food. Oh, the food. 

Me and my husband have always made our dates about good food. Ever since we were dating, we were excited to finally be able to experiment with food, and after growing up in a rural area where TGI Fridays are considered fancy, we could choose to indulge ourselves with an incredible meal. We've essentially eaten our way through Philly, and what I love more that anything, is that we never seem to run out of amazing new spots to try. 

Whether it's super fancy, or casual bars with some kick-butt food, Philly has literally got it all, I swear. If you live around Philly and haven't tried some of the amazing eats it has to offer, well shame, shame, I know your name.

Fine and Feathered - Philadelphia Guide Revolution House
Fine and Feathered - Philadelphia Guide Reveolution House

This past weekend I had something crazy, and totally unexpected happen - I three days off in a row. Amazing, I know. I'm still basking in the glow of it.   

Saturday, Frank and I decided to spend the day together and enjoy the city. We quickly realized that going anywhere past Broad street was pure mayhem. Between the Rittenhouse Festival, and all the events at the Art Museum, it was crazy. But that's fine with us, because we adore East Philly. Walking through Old City always feels like I'm at home, and I think it may always feel that way to me.

We had lunch at Revolution House. We sat on the roof deck and enjoyed the beautiful weather. I had grilled cheese, he had a cheese steak (which he snagged a bite of before I had a chance to snap a picture. I don't blame him at all though, it smelled amazing). Our food was delicious, the view was lovely, and the service was great. I spotted several diners around us with delicious looking drinks that still have me kicking myself for not getting one (next time, though). 

Fine and Feathered - Philadelphia Guide Physick House

After lunch we wandered through Society Hill. If you ever see two kids in their mid twenties walking around society hill, pointing and commenting on all the of the historic architecture, well, that's us. We're geeks.

We were excited because we were finally able to grab a tour of the Physick House, which we've been wanting to do for some time, but it always seemed to be closed when we were around. 

It was lovely, and interesting. We were lucky to get on a tour with only two other ladies, so it was intimate. They have so much of the family's original furniture too, which is fascinating. I also loved getting to meet the great great (great great great?) grandson of Dr. Physick which actually lives in the house today! 

Fine and Feathered - Philadelphia Guide Physick House

After the tour we did a little more walking, and got some drinks and relaxed a bit. PS - if you're ever in the area and looking for your coffee fix, I love Menagerie Coffee, although Old City has plenty of other great cafes as well. 

I've talked about before how I feel Old City has some of the best small boutiques in the city, and I still stand by it. So, of course, I couldn't help popping in Art in the Age while I was in the area. 

Fine and Feathered - Philadelphia Guide Art in the Age
Fine and Feathered - Philadelphia Guide Art in the Age

Last time I was in I wanted to check out their Warby Parker collection, but it was pretty packed. I was lucky this time though, and the shop was nice and quiet. I went ahead and tried on basically every pair, and fell in love with the ones below. I'm thinking I definitely need to order them, right?? Besides my obsession with a new pair of glass, I just always love to check out what brands and artist's their carrying currently, because they're always interesting.  

I need to stop and mention something here, my husband has a killer talent for finding the best places to eat. Seriously, don't ever give me credit for finding the good food, because it's always him. While I was goofing around in the shops, he found our dinner spot. 

Fine and Feathered - Philadelphia Guide Pizzeria Beddia

How to explain Pizzeria Beddia? The whole operation seems to be two guys - one makes the pizza, the other takes the orders. They don't have a phone, they don't deliver, and they only make so many. You come in, you pay cash, and they tell you when your pizza will be ready. It was a Saturday night, and we got there around 6:30 and we're told to come back at 7:40 for our pizza. It's not fast food, it's not convenient food, but it's damn good pizza. Pardon my french. 

They have two standing tables to eat at if you really want to dig right into your pizza there, but instead we grabbed some drinks from the grocery store across the street (which also looked pretty amazing, and I could see myself wandering around in and spending too much money at someday), and headed to one of the parks on water. We grabbed a bench, and munched on our pizza. The cheese, by the way, is just plain incredible, I may dream about it for weeks. We made some doggie friends, and were greeted by some unexpected, but totally welcomed, fireworks. 

I couldn't complain if I tried.